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The War Is On: Taxis Ready To Battle It Out With Uber Drivers

The War Is On: Taxis Ready To Battle It Out With Uber Drivers

Q COSTA RICA – On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is popularly known, declared law 8955 that regulates the Servicio Especial Estable de Taxi (Seetaxi) – the from door to door private transport service,constitutional and reactivated the fines to those who provide public transportation illegally, that is without counting State permits, […]

Argentinean Court Orders Nationwide Block of Uber, Denies Request to Jail Executives

Argentinean Court Orders Nationwide Block of Uber, Denies Request to Jail Executives

(Q24N) A Buenos Aires judge has ordered a nationwide block of Uber. Internet providers are to block Uber throughout Argentina starting Monday, January 30, Prosecutor Martín Lapadú said; however, the request to arrest the directors of the company was not approved. “Uber breached a court order that barred it from operating in the Argentine capital as of April 2016,” Lapadú said […]

Do’s and Dont’s In Uber Car. Or Be Banned!

Do’s and Dont’s In  Uber Car. Or Be Banned!

Just ask an Uber driver to describe his or her worst passenger and you’ll hear tales of vomiting passengers to screaming matches to hookups in the backseat. Yet until last week, Uber hadn’t laid out specific behavior that makes a passenger a five-star rider versus what’s not tolerated inside a vehicle (hint: using Uber for […]

Government Gives Up On Regulating Uber

Government Gives Up On Regulating Uber

(QCOSTARICA) President Luis Guillermo Solis announced his government will not take action against Uber until the courts have resolved a number of issues regarding open competitition in the taxi industry. Solis explained that the Constitutional Court and the Contentious Court (Sala Constitucional and the Tribunal Contencioso) need to resolve several filings proposing to remove the […]

Mob Of Taxi Drivers Chase Uber Driver

Mob Of Taxi Drivers Chase Uber Driver

QCOSTARICA – A Uber driver was rescued by the Fuerza Publica (police) from being beaten by a group formal taxi driver after pursuing him, before noon on Saturday, in Esparza. Uber confirmed on Sunday that the 38 year old driver, a resident of Cartago, identified by his last name Saavedra in one of their partners. […]

In Argentina, UBER Drivers Could Face 10 Days in Jail

In Argentina, UBER Drivers Could Face 10 Days in Jail

(Q24N) The Buenos Aires Public Ministry conducted 13 raids Thursday in the offices and homes of Uber managers and drivers. The city prosecutor accused them of violating an order to close down operations in April. Buenos Aires public prosecutors is expected to request that the eight involved receive 10 days in prison, according to La Nación. The charges are […]

Uber Drivers Hiring Other Drivers To Operate Their Vehicles

Uber Drivers Hiring Other Drivers To Operate Their Vehicles

(QCOSTARICA) Driven by Facebook, some Uber drivers are looking to hire other drivers to operate their vehicles, in exchange for payment of a fee, working schedule and rules. In the same way the driver/owners of formal taxis, these Uber drivers want to maximize their vehicle’s utility, offering them up to other drivers to work shifts […]

Ice Cream So Close You Can Taste It

Ice Cream So Close You Can Taste It

From TICO BULL – Uber customers can have an ice cream delivered to them on Friday. In 400 cities around the world, Friday is #UberIceCream party. In San Jose (Costa Rica), from 11:00am to 3:00pm, Uber drivers will be deliver to their customers, at the office or home, the “Churchileta”, a 100% Costa Rica treat. […]

Taxis block roads in Uber standoff

Taxis block roads in Uber standoff

TODAY PANAM – The gloves are off between Panama taxi drivers and the Uber system with both sides gearing up to claim their right to serve the city’s traveling public, while the transit authority stands on the sidelines. The actions of the yellow hornet drivers are having a more visible effect on road users, as […]

Cabify Readying To Give Uber Competition in Costa Rica

Cabify Readying To Give Uber Competition in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Uber Costa Rica is about to get competition. And this one may be a serious one, not like the threats by a grouping of official taxis. No, the competition will be coming from Cabify, a Spanish company already operating in some 18 cities in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, and “very soon […]

Uber Driver Arrested For Fondling Minor

QCOSTARICA – A man identified by his last name Chinchilla, a driver for Uber, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of fondling a 17 year-old girl. The arrest was made in Zetillal de Ipis, in Goicoechea (east side of San Jose), said the Fuerza Publica (police) press release. According to the narration to authorities by […]

Taxi Drivers Protest Uber’s Presence At Job Fair

Taxi Drivers Protest Uber’s Presence At Job Fair

QCOSTARICA – They weren’t there looking for a job, they were there to protest a company looking to hire people looking for a job. On Thursday, a group of five angry taxi drivers paid their entry to the Expoempleo at the Antigua Aduana (Old Customs) house, to protest face-to-face against Uber employees and their recruitment […]

Taxis Are Also Illegal

Taxis Are Also Illegal

QCOSTARICA – Uber is an illegal transport service, according to the government. Meanwhile, many of the official taxis operate illegally, not providing service personally according to a survey conducted by the LaRepublica.net. Taxis must be operated by the holder of the concession for at least hours daily, the commitment made in an affidavit made before […]

Costa Rica Regulatory Reiterates Only Taxis and Buses Can Provide Public Transport

Costa Rica Regulatory Reiterates Only Taxis and Buses Can Provide Public Transport

QCOSTARICA – Uber drivers are subject to a fine from ¢2.1 million to ¢4.8 million colones, says the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos – Aresep), reiterating that only taxis and buses under concession of the Public Transport Council (CTP),A are permitted to provide public transport. So far, since Uber […]

Is Uber Legal or Not? Depends On Who You Ask.

Is Uber Legal or Not? Depends On Who You Ask.

  QCOSTARICA – The answer to the question of whether Uber is operating in the country legally or not depends on who you ask. According to the Foro Nacional de Taxistas (National Taxi Drivers Forum) press release, its spokesperson, Gilberth Ureña, says the Public Transport Council (Consejo de Transporte Público – CTP) has determined that […]

Uber and MOPT Meeting A Bust!

Uber and MOPT Meeting A Bust!

QCOSTARICA – It finally happened, Uber representatives and officials of the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) met on Tuesday. But nothing changed. In fact the MOPT used the meeting to remind Uber that the service they are providing, that began on August 21, is illegal. The meeting, at the request of the company, was an attempt […]

Uber Drivers In India Go On Strike. Could Same Happen in Costa Rica?

Uber Drivers In India Go On Strike. Could Same Happen in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA – Now that Uber has officially, albeit illegal according to the government, started operations in the country, could a strike by drivers be possible? In India, hundreds of disgruntled Uber drivers staged a one-day hunger strike in Hyderabad against denial of promised incentives and business by the US-headquartered transportation service provider. The drivers allege […]

Fighting the future is futile, the future always wins

Fighting the future is futile, the future always wins

QCOSTARICA – In an editorial by the ElFinancieriocr.com of August 22, the newspaper says it is a bad decision of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) – Ministry of Public Works and Transport – to ally itself with the taxi and porteadores (informal taxis) to fight the future of transportation in Costa Rica. […]

Uber Would Be Willing To Negotiate With The Government, Says General Manager

Uber Would Be Willing To Negotiate With The Government, Says General Manager

QCOSTARICA – Uber Costa Rica general manager, Humberto Pacheco, says the company is willing to negotiate with the government and did not rule out the possibility that service be regulated, although he admits that the two sides have not yet reached that point in the conversation. The question is whether Uber is a private or […]

Taxi Mob Attacks Uber Driver

Taxi Mob Attacks Uber Driver

QCOSTARICA – It was just minutes before midnight Friday, just eight hours after the Uber service began operations in Costa Rica, amid opposition by taxi drivers and the government repeating that service is illegal, a group of taxi drivers pursued and damaged the vehicle of driver, looking to earn extra money. The driver, a 32 […]

President Solis Considers Uber “Illegal”

President Solis Considers Uber “Illegal”

QCOSTARICA – “On what Don Otto Guevara (legislator for the Movimiento Libertario) says about using the (Uber) service, it must be made clear that if Transit authorities stop a vehicle in which he is travelling, the driver will be fined,” said President Luis Guillermo Solis on Friday, hours after Uber began operations in Costa Rica. […]

Uber Ignites Conflict In The Streets Of Costa Rica

Uber Ignites Conflict In The Streets Of Costa Rica

(qCOSTARICA) In Costa Rica, as well as elsewhere, a debate on the legitimacy of Uber. The opinions are varied, at times at opposite ends. Franciso Jimenez, former minister of the MOPT (Ministry of Transport), says “never”. For Jimenez Costa Rica regulated its public transport in 1960 and if a vehicle is not properly identified and […]

“Piratas” and Uber Target Costa Rica Taxi Business

“Piratas” and Uber Target Costa Rica Taxi Business

(QCOSTARICA) Traditional taxis are taking fire from two sides, one a traditional and continuing problem, while the taxi service app Uber is advertising for a general manager for San Jose (Costa Rica) on its web site.  In both cases, regulated and unregulated rides with sometimes cheaper fares are undermining the traditional metered taxi business. Pirate […]